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3:30 PM ET, June 2, 2014

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Nathan Bradley Bethea / The Daily Beast:
We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night  —  For five years, soldiers have been forced to stay silent about the disappearance and search for Bergdahl.  Now we can talk about what really happened.  —  It was June 30, 2009, and I was in the city of Sharana …
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Jake Tapper / CNN:
Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero  —  (CNN) — The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him — veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose …
Mark Thompson / TIME:
The 6 U.S. Soldiers Who Died Searching For Bowe Bergdahl  —  Troops suggest that Bergdahl's desertion makes him more traitor than hero  —  Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was freed by the Taliban over the weekend after they held him for nearly five years, in exchange for five Taliban leaders …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Here's what happens when Taliban leaders are released  —  If anyone doubts that the five senior Taliban leaders President Obama released this weekend will return to the fight and kill more Americans, they need only look at what happened when the George W. Bush administration released …
Discussion: AEIdeas
Washington Post:
Mixed reaction to Bergdahl's recovery by service members who consider him a deserter  —  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's recovery after five years in captivity has rekindled anger among some of his military peers over how he came to fall into enemy hands and the price the United States has paid to get him back.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Susan Rice: Bergdahl Served With ‘Honor and Distinction’
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Associated Press:
Debate Stirs Over US-Taliban Captive Swap
Discussion: The Agonist
epa.gov:
Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule  —  Get Involved  —  On June 2, 2014, EPA proposed a commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants.  States, cities and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change.
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Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Obama's new climate war opens  —  President Obama is opening a climate change war with Republicans on Monday with the Environmental Protection Agency's unveiling of sweeping new standards on carbon emissions from power plants.  —  The new rules are a central part of Obama's climate change agenda meant …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, Taylor Marsh and CNN
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Obama to Take Action to Slash Coal Pollution
New York Times:
Trying to Reclaim Leadership on Climate Change
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Commander-in-Chief's Definition of “Honorable Service” Includes Anti-American Actions While in Uniform; He Just Destroyed Troop Morale  —  The Obama administration tells America this soldier served “with honor and distinction.”  (http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ susan-rice-bergdahl-served-honor-and- distinction_794066.html)
Discussion: Politico and CBS DC
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Palin Bashes Bergdahl For His ‘Horrid Anti-American Beliefs’
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
NRA Issues Amazing Statement Admitting Bringing AR-15s To Chipotle Is Dumb  —  In a remarkably frank statement issued on Friday, the National Rifle Association said that gun activists in Texas had “crossed the line from enthusiasm to downright foolishness” with their demonstrations at fast food restaurants.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Appeal From Reporter Over Identity of Source  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from James Risen, a New York Times reporter facing jail for refusing to identify a confidential source.  —  The court's one-line order gave no reasons …
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Associated Press:
Justices reject reporter's bid to protect source
CBS News:
FBI manhunt on for San Francisco man, Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, who may have explosives  —  Shares -  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The FBI has issued a nationwide alert to law enforcement agencies about a San Francisco social media consultant they consider armed and dangerous who is wanted on suspicion of possessing explosives.
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Cara Liu / KTVU-TV:
San Francisco man sought by FBI active in political circles
Discussion: RT, The Gateway Pundit and The Week
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
On Inequality Denial  —  A while back I published an article titled “The Rich, the Right, and the Facts,” in which I described politically motivated efforts to deny the obvious — the sharp rise in U.S. inequality, especially at the very top of the income scale.
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VoxEU.org:
Is Piketty's ‘Second Law of Capitalism’ fundamental?
Discussion: Washington Center …
CNN:
Spain's King Juan Carlos I to abdicate  —  Madrid, Spain (CNN) — After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos I of Spain will be stepping down, the country's prime minister said Monday.  —  Crown Prince Felipe, 46, will succeed his father, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced in nationally televised address.
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CNN:
Spain's King Juan Carlos I to abdicate
Discussion: Hot Air and Hollywood Life
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Panel Laughs At Ingraham: Benghazi ‘Will Never Go Away, At Least With You’ (VIDEO)  —  When conservative radio host Laura Ingraham invoked Benghazi during a discussion of President Barack Obama's foreign policy on “Fox News Sunday,” she was met with laughter instead of shared outrage.
Discussion: Mediaite
Jen Heger / RADAR:
Donald Sterling's Gal Pal V Stiviano Brutally Beaten Up In New York City, Her Lawyer Claims — Called The ‘N Word’ By Group Of Assailants  —  The woman at the center of the Donald Sterling racism scandal, the ex-Los Angeles Clippers owner's gal pal V Stiviano, was badly beaten up by two white men …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Experts: Chris Christie's dropped 85 pounds  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appears to have shed as many as 85 pounds since his lap-band surgery last year and looks to be down to a healthier 230-something weight, according to experts.  —  After a constituent remarked …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
An Obama Effigy Hanging From A Bridge Shut Down A Busy Highway In Missouri  —  Police are investigating if it should be viewed as a legitimate threat to the president.  —  Grain Valley and the bridge are just southeast of Kansas City.  —  Via google.com  —  According to Fox4 News in Kansas City …
Discussion: Mediaite
Evan Wyloge / Arizona Capitol Times:
Two-time GOP loser changes party to Democrat, name to Cesar Chavez for new congressional bid  —  Scott Fistler didn't have much luck as a Republican candidate.  He lost a 2012 write-in campaign against U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor, then lost a 2013 bid for a Phoenix city council seat now held by Laura Pastor, Ed's daughter.
 
 
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The Vanishing Cry of ‘Repeal It’
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